Jul 142015

What is VIS?    Volunteers for Issaquah School (VIS) was formed in 1977 by community members as a Non-Profit 501c4 organization that works to promote passage of Issaquah School District (ISD) bond and levy ballot measures.  We are run entirely by community volunteers.

Issaquah School District (ISD) provides high quality education and resources for our students with our bond and levy dollars.   Thank you for continuously voting YES to support our schools. Your YES votes on school bonds and levies shows that maintaining a high quality education is a priority in our community!

To register to vote go to: www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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Oct 072015

The Issaquah School District Superintendent provided the Board of Directors the following recommendation and rational for his recommendation on Wednesday,  June 24, 2015 during a Board work study session.


Rationale for Superintendent $533,500,000 School Bond recommendation:

Following a review of the projects, and building on the great work adopted by the 2016 bond feasibility committee, Mr. Thiele decided to make two changes to the proposal adopted by the committee.

The first is an increase in the contingency/future project reserve by $8M, an increase from the $12M in the committee adoption.  This was added due to the heightened concern about the inflationary environment that may take place during the construction of the proposed projects.

The second increase in the Superintendent’s recommendation was an additional $7M for the expansion of Clark from its currently planned 28 classrooms to 32.

The result is a bond proposal that now totals $533.5M (a net increase of $15M) from the committees adopted proposal.  The tax impact is an estimated $.03/1000 beginning in 2021 and ending in 2028.

Bond recommendation materials can be found online at 2016 School Bond Feasibility.

Community comments can be given in person at a School Board meeting or via email to schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

Next School Board meeting is Wed. Oct. 14, 2015 at ISD Admin Board Board – 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

Sep 252015

School Board voted unanimously for the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for a $533,500,000 bond measure targeted for an April 26, 2016 ballot measure.

Sept. 23, 2015    Podcast of School Board vote on 2016 School Bond measure. Discussion and vote begins at the 19:50 minute mark of the Sept 23rd podcast  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

Sept. 9, 2015      Podcast summary of School Board work study on 2016 School Bond proposal.  Summary is first 20 minutes of the Sept. 9th podcasthttp://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

June 24, 2015    Podcast summary of School Board work study on Superintendent Theile’s 2016 School Bond recommendation. The Superintendent recommendation is for a $533,500,000 School Bond measure.   Summary is the first 18 minutes of the June 24th podcast:  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/board/podcast/archive

May 6, 2015      The Bond Feasibility Committee completed their work and submitted a School Bond recommendation package of $518,500,000 to the Superintendent.

Documents for review-

Superintendent Bond recommendation.

Bond Feasibility Committee recommendation.

Projected 2016 Bond Tax Rate Scenarios

Sep 222015

Bond Resolution Authorization on the School Board Agenda Wed. Sept 23, 2015     http://apps.issaquah.wednet.edu/events/ViewEvent.aspx?ID=648&KEY=rWf7045K

Advance Notice of September 23, 2015 Motion Directing Superintendent to Prepare a Resolution for a Bond Measure – Board

Action to be taken: I move the Board direct the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for an April 26, 2016 ballot measure. This resolution will be for a bond measure in the amount of $533,500,000 as recommended by the Superintendent.

The ISD Bond Committee held meetings on April 1, 15, 29 and May 6, 2015. Public input was received during the Bond Committee meetings and via emails. Based on the committee’s findings it was unanimously agreed by the committee that a bond measure should go forward to the Superintendent for his review. Additional discussions were held during a work/study session on June 24, 2015, the ISD Board Retreats on August 27 and 28, 2015, and a work/study session on September 9, 2015, all of which were open to the public.

It is now anticipated that the Board will direct the Superintendent to prepare an election resolution for a ballot measure for an ISD Bond to be included in the April 26, 2016, King County election.

Superintendent Recommendation –  http://issaquah.wednet.edu/docs/default-source/district/bond/2016/superintendent-39-s-bond-rec-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=2

The Issaquah School Board will consider taking action to authorize the Superintendent to prepare a school bond resolution at the Wednesday, September 23 school board meeting. This follows the recommendation to the board made by Superintendent Thiele, based on the work of the school bond feasibility committee that met last spring. The board has held subsequent work study sessions and received public input from the bond committee meetings and via emails. For more information, please refer to the 2016 School Bond Feasibility page on the ISD website. Your comments are welcome. Public input is taken at school board meetings, or you may email comments and concerns to: Bond2016@issaquah.wednet.edu.


Sep 212015

Have you recently moved or turned 18? Never registered to vote before?  Register to vote today.  Encourage others who are eligible to vote to register also.

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day.  With so many important issues and elections, we want to help everyone eligible to vote to get registered.

King County Voter Registration   http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/register.aspx



Sep 082015

School Board Work Study Session to Focus on Possible School Bond – Wed., Sept. 9

The public is invited to attend the Issaquah School Board’s work study session on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the ISD Administration boardroom located at 565 NW Holly St., Issaquah.

The work study session will take place prior to the regular board meeting, which will start at 7:00 p.m. The board will discuss the recent proposal brought forward by the Superintendent, Ron Thiele, for a school bond package that includes property acquisition for, and construction of, a new comprehensive high school, new middle school, and two new elementary schools, as well as the rebuild of Pine Lake Middle School and several other major projects. Public input will not be taken during the work study session, however, the school board invites constituents to voice their thoughts, comments, and opinions by contacting the board members directly by email or emailing comments to Bond2016@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Full details of the Superintendent’s recommendation, as well as the work of the Bond Feasibility and Development Committee, are available on the District’s website at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/2016-school-bond-feasibility

Aug 142015

In its original court ruling, and repeated in later follow-up rulings, the justices have told the Washington State Legislature to find a way to pay for the reforms and programs they had already adopted, including all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, student transportation, pay for school employees and classroom supplies, and to fix the state’s over reliance on local tax levies to pay for education. Relying heavily on local tax levies leads to big disparities in funding between those school districts that can pay and those that can’t.

We are fortunate that the Issaquah School District community recognizes the importance of covering the funding gap and CAN by continuously passing our Bonds and Levies.  ISD has also been recognized for its fiscal management by earning the highest bond rating of any school district in the state.

To read more of the full story on the Court Ruling to Fully Fund Washington State Education see the following news sources:

Deatils of the $100,000 a day fine and text of ruling.  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/politics-government/article31008225.html

Seattle Times   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/supreme-court-orders-100000-per-day-fines-in-mccleary-case/

Jun 222015

The ground breaking ceremony for Sunny Hills Elementary and Issaquah Middle School rebuild is Friday, June 26th!

Sunny Hills Elementary School    9:00am Friday 6/26/2015

3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE, Sammamish

Issaquah Middle School    10:15 am, Friday 6/26/2015

500 2nd Avenue SE, Issaquah

May 132015

Issaquah Press:

Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

May 12, 2015

By Neil Pierson

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools.

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Feb 062014

Newcastle News – 02/06/2014

On behalf of the Issaquah School Board, I want to extend our great appreciation for the community’s ongoing support for our schools. Our goal is to prepare students for a global, dynamic world.

In today’s economy, a basic education isn’t sufficient for the every-increasing complexity our students will find in the workforce. They will need to be able to communicate and exhibit higher-level thinking, utilizing ever-advancing technologies. The board understands the success of our students requires a commitment from the entire community. So, when you find your ballot in the mail, we ask that you vote “yes” to renew the three levies approved by the board.

Over the years, the district has built an important relationship with the community. One way has been to involve the community in the development of financial packages recommended to the board. So, last April, the district convened a Levy Development Committee consisting of community members throughout the district, including representatives from businesses, the senior community, local government and students.

According to the 2014 Levy Development Committee Charter, the committee’s goal was to “keep local school taxes stable, ensure the Issaquah School District has all the resources possible to meet its mission and ends student learning goals, and to safely and efficiently maintain facilities and property.”

The members worked diligently throughout the spring and their hard work was essential to ensure the community’s values were represented in the final recommendation brought to the board. The board is confident that the three ballot measures reflect the expectations the community has of our outstanding education system in the Issaquah School District.

Please join me in voting “yes” on the Maintenance and Operations levy, the Transportation Levy and the Capital Levy. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Marnie Maraldo, president

Issaquah School Board